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The Philosophy of Freedom

A Modern Philosophy of Life Developed by Scientific Methods

The Philosophy of Freedom

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This is the first English translation and the only one sanctioned by Rudolf Steiner himself. Joint translators Prof. and Mrs. R. F. Alfred Hoernlé were selected for their outstanding qualifications. First published in 1916, it is based on the original 1894 German Die Philosophie der Freiheit. Other translations have been based on the 1918 revised German edition. It includes inspiring passages about individualism that were removed from the book in 1918 and are missing in later translations: "We no longer believe that there is a norm to which we must all strive to conform. Nothing is accepted as valid, unless it springs from the roots of individuality. The saying 'Each one of us must choose his hero in whose footsteps he toils up to Olympus' no longer holds for us. If only we probe deep enough into the very heart of our being, there dwells something noble, something worthy of development."

By Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Prof. and Mrs. R. F. Alfred Hoernlé
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This is the first English translation and the only one sanctioned by Rudolf Steiner himself. Joint translators Prof. and Mrs. R. F. Alfred Hoernlé were selected for their outstanding qualifications. First published in 1916, it is based on the original 1894 German Die Philosophie der Freiheit. Other translations have been based on the 1918 revised German edition. It includes inspiring passages about individualism that were removed from the book in 1918 and are missing in later translations: “We no longer believe that there is a norm to which we must all strive to conform. Nothing is accepted as valid, unless it springs from the roots of individuality. The saying Each one of us must choose his hero in whose footsteps he toils up to Olympus no longer holds for us. If only we probe deep enough into the very heart of our being, there dwells something noble, something worthy of development.

Thanks go to Tom Last, and the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung in Dornach, Switzerland for their kind permission in allowing us to present this volume at the Rudolf Steiner Archive.

Copyright © 1916
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CONTENTS

Cover Sheet
Contents
 
THE THEORY OF FREEDOM
 
I. THE GOAL OF KNOWLEDGE  
II. CONSCIOUS HUMAN ACTION  
III. WHY THE DESIRE FOR KNOWLEDGE IS FUNDAMENTAL  
VI. THought AS THE INSTRUMENT OF KNOWLEDGE  
V. THE WORLD AS PERCEPT  
VI. OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD  
VII. HUMAN INDIVIDUALITY  
VIII. ARE THERE ANY LIMITS TO KNOWLEDGE?  
 
THE REALITY OF FREEDOM
 
IX. THE FACTORS OF LIFE  
X. THE IDEA OF FREEDOM  
XI. MONISM AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF FREEDOM  
XII. WORLD-PURPOSE AND LIFE-PURPOSE (THE DESTINY OF MAN)  
XIII. MORAL IMAGINATION (DARWINISM AND MORALITY)  
XIV. THE VALUE OF LIFE (OPTIMISM AND PESSIMISM)  
XV. THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE GENUS  
 
ULTIMATE QUESTIONS
 
XVI. THE CONSEQUENCES OF MONISM  




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